The Complete Idiot's Guide to Computer Basics, 5th Edition

  • Joe Kraynak
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  • ISBN-10: 1101020539
  • ISBN-13: 9781101020531
  • DDC: 004.16
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 448 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2009 | Published/Released January 2013
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2009

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The fifth edition of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Computer Basics places the reader in charge of the computer, rather than the other way round, and places the focus on software troubleshooting rather than hardware techno-babble. The reader wants to do something practical with his or her computer - this book shows them how. It covers basic office programs and how to manage photo, video and music files. It offers advice on safe web-surfing, including coverage of newsgroups, message boards and mailing lists. There are new green computing initiatives that help protect the environment. It includes maintenance and upgrading information.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Contents at a Glance.
1: Firing Up Your Computer: Bare-Bones Basics.
2: Kick-Starting Your Computer.
3: Taking the Wheel, er, Keyboard and Mouse.
4: Green Computing.
5: Navigating Microsoft Windows.
6: Mastering Windows Basics (Vista and XP).
7: Navigating Windows Vista.
8: Windows XP, Up Close and Personal.
9: Managing Disks, Folders, and Files.
10: Installing, Running, and Uninstalling Programs.
11: Customizing Windows.
12: Creating and Managing User Accounts.
13: Finding Lost or Misplaced Items.
14: Networking Windows to Other Computers.
15: Getting Down to Business with Office Programs.
16: Typing and Other Word Processing Chores.
17: Crunching Numbers with Spreadsheets.
18: Creating a Powerpoint Presentation.
19: Working with Graphics.
20: Managing Your Finances.
21: Printing Documents and Other Creations.
22: Tapping the Power of the Internet.
23: Getting Wired to the Internet.
24: Poking Around on the World Wide Web.
25: Sending and Receiving E-Mail.
26: Chatting Online.
27: Touring Newsgroups, Message Boards, and More.
28: Publishing Your Own Web Page or Blog.
29: Buying and Selling Stuff Online.
30: Internet Safety.
31: Going Digital with Music, Photos, and Video.
32: Playing CDs, DVDs, MP3s, and More.
33: Snapping, Enhancing, and Sharing Digital Photos.
34: Editing Digital Video.
35: Maintaining and Troubleshooting Your Computer.
36: Keeping Your Computer Clean.
37: Giving Your Computer a Tune-Up.
38: Troubleshooting Common Computer Problems.
39: Help! Finding Technical Support.